UAD Plug-Ins Manual .. Each functional area has a separate manual file. The Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor plug-in provides all the features . This entry was posted in. Bookmark the permalink. Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor. About. Sonic Circus knows vintage and contemporary audio equipment. That manual is also a great resource on compression in general. I bet I’ve read Y’all got a manual with your Distressors? Empirical Labs.

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A masterpiece – Reviews Empirical Labs Distressor EL8X – Audiofanzine

Time constants – Attack range 50uS – 30mS. The sidechain must not have appreciable delay nor be out of phase since the “link” signal gets mixed back in with the normal detector signal and the delay would cause “combing” of the frequency response, resulting in irrational compression behavior.

To print the manual completely, please, download it. The last feature to discuss on the EL-8X model is the special “Brit Mode,” selectable by a toggle switch on the front panel. A separate amplifier drives each of these pins, so grounding one of them will short the associated amplifier out.

You use the input knob to drive the compressor.

Basic wiring, Stereo operation, Distressor “pet” tricks – Empirical Labs EL-8 User Manual

Enter text from laabs For equipment, try 6. The Distressor EL-8X is a digitally controlled analog compressor. Complain wrong Brand wrong Model non readable. If you’ve used other EL gear, the Distressor’s front panel layout should be familiar if you haven’t, you’ll want to spend some time getting the hang of how they do things.


Then put the unit into link to further affect the compression in a more frequency dependent unit.

Stereo operation requires only two things. This is what makes these units truly general purpose, and indeed, I have yet to encounter any signal source that the Distressor simply couldn’t flatter! It is usually best to match all front. If you want a classic DBX-ish sounding comp characteristic, try 6: Hey, there’s a first time for everything!

The Distressors also come with a short yet helpful manual which, in addition to covering utilization basics, also has suggested settings and “pet tricks. Page 5 The Ratios and their Curves Each “ratio mode” of the Distressor sets both the threshold and the ratio, in the standard sense of the word.

An example of this may be when one channel has a heavy low frequency source such as a tom drum that is causing both sides to pump. In order of occurrence: That said, you can get a clearer sound and less aggressive clamp-down by keeping the attack higher than that and not hitting the compressor so hard with the input.

While a given setting may be the right one for a given source, hence all the ratios and filter options, it’s almost impossible to make a signal completely unlistenable with the Distressor.

The other filter bank, Audio, features a different high pass filter which functions like any other HPF like you’d find on a mic or preamp, with a rollof frequency of 80hz.

Empirical Labs Distressor User Manual

The detector modes, Distressor block diagram, Detector circuit main audio path, Detector modes. The Brit Mod is not shown. Both input jacks are differential but at the output, only the XLR is differential. The actual audio you finally hear is not passed through this circuitry, only adjusted by it. The power cord connection is a detachable IEC socket and of course standard power cords are included.


However, unlike most units, the user. By pressing ‘print’ button you will print only current page. Obviously, the unit will not work in stereo now. The Distressor also has a very nice color coded empirlcal LED bargraph for gain reduction, and does not have any input or output level metering. This will saturate each low frequency note making it sound distorted, and if adjusted right, much like a bass amplifier.

You also get true Bypass selectable with a pushbutton switch on the front panel. There are three additional modes that affect the detector part of this unit. This is due to unique left and right ambient envelopes widening the stereo image. Power Consumption — Typical is 10 Watts, maximum is 14 Watts. Troubleshooting Also, try enabling and disabling the “HP” in the detector.

Likewise, the attack and ratio knobs do not have the usual markings in seconds and milliseconds, but instead arbitrary numbering from 0 to